Central Rivers T&RSMD, Barton under Needwood

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Central Rivers T&RSMD, Barton under Needwood

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:01 pm


Bombardier Transportation
Barton Business Park
Barton under Needwood
DE13 8ES

Built for Bombardier Transportation, Central Rivers opened on the 8th September 2001. Piloted by a HNRC shunter, the depot has the entire allocation of the class 220 and 221 Voyager DMU's on its books.


By Car - From the M1, leave at junction 24 and take the A50, signposted for Stoke on Trent. Continue along for approx 11 miles and upon reaching the slip road for the A38, exit the dual carriageway. At the island, take the 2nd exit, following the A38 southbound towards Burton. Continuing for roughly 16 miles, leave at junction 4, which is signposted for Barton under Needwood ( B5016 ). After exiting the dual carriageway, take the 2nd exit at the first island. The depot entrance is situated at the next one, although you will have to drive past this to get a clear view of the shunter.

By Rail - As the depot lies adjacent to the Derby to Tamworth line, the shunter may very well be seen by looking to your right after passing through Burton on Trent. However, units may hamper this option. If wanting a photo and you wish to use public transport from Burton station, you will need to catch two buses for the journey, details of which can be found by clicking on the link below...

Notes - As the shunter doesn't tend to move around very often, it is very easily viewed. It is also very rare that it will be seen south ( Tamworth end ) of the sheds. However, if using a passing train option, it could be obscured by units.

As the fence surrounding Central Rivers is quite high, and floodlights are of a plenty, photography can be pretty poor. Depending on where it is stabled, it may be a case of walking along the path for a decent view. Parking is extremely easy, as the depot is situated on an industrial estate.

One note that should be mentioned, is the possiblity of the over zealous security guards. If wishing to photograph from near the hut, it has been known that they will try and intervene, stating that you are on Bombardier and private property. The footpath and dual carriageway is public land, so ignore any advances of them trying to move you on.

Vantage Points - Like mentioned in the above notes, the shunter doesn't tend to move around very often, so the road in to the estate, is the only real vantage point. Unless you are travelling by train, that is !

A while ago, you could view Central Rivers from the opposite side of the mainline, via a private road which runs into the Hanson quarry. As this is now blocked by an electronic gate, this option is no longer a viable one. Due to the theft of materials from the quarry, the area is now covered by CCTV, so proceeding past this point, you'll be obviously tresspassing.

Photos - From the footpath.

Maps - Road.
Birds eye.
Ordnance survey.

Current Allocation:

08943 - HNRC yellow and grey

Steve Blick

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